Tourism is growing and thriving in Saint Lucia as the winter vacation season approaches, according to the Saint Lucia Tourism Authority. This year to date has seen record-breaking visitor arrivals, the return of events, and a significant number of tourism developments. “Our record-breaking tourism figures from July, paired with our successful Carnival events this summer, have set the stage for what is shaping up to be an incredible winter tourism season for Saint Lucia,” said Tourism Minister Hon. Dr. Ernest Hilaire. “Our local community is engaged and we’re welcoming visitors with new tourism opportunities, our renowned cuisine, and most importantly, our famous Saint Lucian hospitality.” In July 2022, Saint Lucia recorded more than 39,000 visitors, the most outstanding performance and the largest number of stayover arrivals in any one-month period since the COVID crisis began. By the end of July, Saint Lucia had recovered 80% of 2019 arrivals from global markets. Additionally:
● The U.S. had its highest ever arrivals, surpassing 2019 levels for five out of seven months from January through July, four of which were record-breaking. The final August figure is expected to be similarly strong.
● The European market has been eager to return to Saint Lucia as well. The UK surpassed 2019 levels in March and April and was shy of July 2019 arrivals by just 3%.
● These arrival figures are significant because they illustrate that tourism in Saint Lucia is not only back, it is indeed growing and thriving.
● In addition, the Saint Lucia independent culinary and restaurant sector reported that July was their best performing month this year.
Airlift from international markets has been exceptional, reflecting the airlines’ confidence in the recovery of our island. This summer, Saint Lucia had 72% more seats than in 2021 and surpassed 2019 levels by 9%. Since 2019 was a record-breaking year, this signals that Saint Lucia’s airlift is extremely strong.